Taylor, a Carolina native from Charlotte, rose to become one of the greatest boxers of all time and later an outstanding professional. He fought three times for a World Title and won his first National Title as a Junior Olympian in 1972. He won the National Golden Gloves Title an astonishing four times as well as the 1979 World Cup. He was selected as the featherweight contender for the 1980 US Olympic Team. However, the Carter administration boycotted the Moscow Olympics that year.
Taylor went pro in 1980 and compiled a 45-4 record including the USBA Super Featherweight title. He fought Eusebio Pedroza of Panama, the undisputed and undefeated Champion. Held at the Bojangles Coliseum in NC, it was a stirring 15 round bout that ended in a draw.
Bernard, who now operates a trucking company, lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.